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Vernon athlete finishes fifth overall in 'one of the toughest' races in the world

Shanda Hill
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October 17, 2016 - 9:00 PM

VERNON - Shanda Hill can add another accolade to her trophy case after crossing the finish line in Virginia at the U.S.A Ultra Triathlon Quintuple Anvil race.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Hill placed fifth overall in the gruelling race that's the equivalent of five Ironmans, according to a media release.

The race featured a 19 kilometre swim, a 900 km bike ride and a 210 km run. Participants were given 132 hours to finish the race.

Hill is the first Canadian woman to ever compete in the Quintuple Anvil race. She was the first woman to the finish line. Hill's final time was 117:46:42.

On the road to this race, the 34-year-old mother overcame a car accident that left her with severe back and head injuries. She is now celebrating her finish of a race that's considered one of the toughest in the world.

Remarkably, in middle of this race, she was already thinking of her next goal, a race called the Deca, the release says. It's is considered the most difficult race and is the equivalent of ten Ironmans.

Don Hill, Shanda's father, helped with nutrition and any necessary massages her breaks.

On Oct. 14, the last day of the race, Hill struggled with inflammation in her knees and general soreness and fatigue.

The kind messages and comments she received from her fans and followers helped keep her spirits high during the demanding race, the release says.

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